Remembering Harper Lee's words on her birthday

Literary enthusiasts have been paying tribute to Harper Lee on what would have been her 93rd birthday.

The author, whose full name is Nelle Harper Lee, penned To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960 and won received the Pulitzer Prize the following year.

Harper Lee received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature and received a number of honorary degrees, but declined to speak at each one.

Speaking to the Newquist in 1964, she admitted she never expected any kind of success with How To Kill a Mockingbird:

I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of the reviewers, but at the same time I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement.

"Public encouragement. I hoped for a little, as I said, but I got rather a whole lot, and in some ways this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful death I'd expected."

Here are some of her characters' most memorable quotes:

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view." -Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience" -Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." -Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

"People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.." -Judge Taylor, To Kill a Mockingbird

"People in their right minds never take pride in their talents." -Miss Maudie, To Kill a Mockingbird

“With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.” -Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Things are always better in the morning.” -Scout Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

Quotes from Harper Lee

"There's no substitute for the love of language, for the beauty of an English sentence. There's no substitute for struggling, if a struggle is needed, to make an English sentence as beautiful as it should be." -Harper Lee, in an interview with The Bluegrass Special

"Hope for the best and expect nothing. Then you won't be disappointed." - Harper Lee, in an interview with The Bluegrass Special

"To be a serious writer requires discipline that is iron fisted. It's sitting down and doing it whether you think you have it in you or not. Everyday. Alone. Without interruption." -Harper Lee, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, from Childhood to Go Set a Watchman

"Contrary to what most people think, there is no glamour to writing. In fact, it's heartbreaking most of the time." -Harper Lee, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, from Childhood to Go Set a Watchman

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